F1 Winter Test 2024 Start Date in Bahrain

The 2024 Formula 1 season will begin with a three-day winter test in Bahrain from 21 to 23 February, where teams can test their cars prior to the season, and fans can follow the event on F1 TV and GPblog.

Highlights

‣ The 2024 Formula 1 season begins with a winter test in Bahrain, where F1 drivers and teams will return to action for the first time in 2024.
‣ F1 winter testing was introduced in 2009 to curb the cost of the sport by limiting the number of tests per year for all teams.
‣ The winter tests allow teams to test their cars for the new year prior to the season. In 2024, there will be only three days of testing at the Bahrain International Circuit.
‣ The 2024 F1 winter test will be held from 21 to 23 February, with the exact start times yet to be confirmed. The event can be followed through live blogs, session summaries, driver reactions, analyses, and broadcasts on F1 TV.


The 2024 Formula 1 season? It’s kicking off with the winter test. And guess where it’s happening? Bahrain. Wondering when the F1 drivers and teams will be back in action? We’ve got you covered.

So, what’s this F1 winter testing all about? Well, back in 2009, F1 teams were banned from testing. They used to test their cars at their own circuits or ones they’d rented. But then new rules came in, and that was that. F1 wanted to cut costs, so they decided to organize a few tests each year for all teams.

And where will the 2024 F1 winter tests take place? They’ve morphed into the winter tests. Teams get to test their cars for the new year before the season starts. Initially, these tests lasted several weeks. But as time goes by, they’re getting shorter. In 2024, there’ll only be three days of testing at the Bahrain International Circuit.

Bahrain’s no stranger to winter testing. In fact, it’s been the full test venue since 2023. Before that, Barcelona also hosted a test. But since 2023, Bahrain’s been the sole winter test location. Makes sense, right? Especially when you consider that a week after the winter test in Bahrain, the Bahrain Grand Prix is scheduled.

So, when do the F1 test days start in Bahrain? The 2024 F1 winter test is set for 21 to 23 February. In the past, Bahrain’s tests have run from 10:00 to 19:00 local time. That means the winter test will kick off at 07:00 UK time or 8am CET. But will these times be the same for the 2024 winter test? We’re still waiting for confirmation on that.

And where can you keep up with the F1 winter test in Bahrain? GPblog’s got you covered with a liveblog, session summaries, driver reactions, analyses, and more. Plus, F1 TV broadcasts it in most countries worldwide.

Albert Ramirez
Albert Ramirez
Albert Ramirez is a senior writer at F1Highlights.com. With a passion for motorsports, Albert brings a unique perspective to the world of Formula One. With over five years of experience as a sports reporter, he has honed his skills in capturing the essence of the sport.

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